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Scott Jagow Mar 2, 2009

Man, the bad economic news just beats you down doesn’t it? Today was especially dispiriting because… well, you know what? I’m declaring safe harbor from bad news in this blog entry!
So, if you have anything to good to share, by all means, please do so. Actually, I tooled around the web and discovered a whole movement of people trying to focus on positive economic news.

Positive economic news is a blog that’s selling “Keep it Positive” t-shirts. The Good News Economist says, “when all you read is gloom, turn here for a much different perspective.” Think Recovery is trying to spread the word that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

The American spirit!

Then, there’s the Good News Network. “Optimist Opens Retail Business to Fight Recession” is one of today’s headlines. It’s about a 76-year-old retiree who’s opened a clothing store on weekends. I found the same story in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.:

“You can’t sit around grumpy, moping and feeling sorry for yourself in this recession. You’ve got to get off your duff and do something.”

Amen, brother.

But why did I link to the Star Tribune?

Well, the Good News Network charges for its content.

Ah yes, the American spirit.

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